I too came across this part of the net and read Rudy's, Redeye's, and Ron's involvement with the Manchu Brigade. And like all of you, I was stationed with the Husky Brigade (and proud of it) from Sept.69 - Apr.71 as an Infantry Medic with HHC, 6th Bn. 9th Inf. of the 171st Inf. Bdge. The tracks, APCs, were loaded onto railroad cars in October 69 as we went from a Mechanized Unit to Light Infantry. The winter of 70/71 was one of the coldest in their recorded history, which probably accounted for my and several other's frostbite. Temperatures hovered around -55 for a good bit of the winter. One, two week field excercise, we got high winds (called the "Hawk" as many of you remember) which gave us a -123 below zero with an ambient temp of -75. The Yuk stoves really roared those days and nights. Yes, the Manchu Bn. was a tough bunch of young soldiers, especially those Airborne fellows of Charlie Company. I can also remember talk floating around that our Bn. may be sent to Vietnam, but it never occurred. We were only at half strength at Ft. Wainwright. Ft. Greely was a real hole in the wall, but with its' own beauty and herd of buffalo nearby. Actually spent a night there, as our Medavac Chopper was downed for its' scheduled maintenance. My Ft. Richardson NCO buddy appreciated it, since he had been stationed at Greely and knew the quickest way to the NCO Club. And how about those day long jaunts on snowshoes or skis with a really full rucksack. Sorry, Rudy, for being so winded too, but like you said, we were a proud unit. Ron, check out Medlas of America for the 171st patch.
Please forgive me for butting in, but I am having a really difficult time trying to understand my husbands service record. His name is Loren Ray, he was with the 171st around the same time frame as you are talking about. He has lung cancer and we have been trying to find out the benefits he is entitled to. He was drafted into the Army in Aug of 68, Basic Training Sep 68 at Ft Polk, LA. Nov 68 until April 69 he was at Ft Gordon GA. May of 69 he joined as a 31M20 with the HHC 171st Inf Bde (M) in Alaska. Then in Sep of 69 he was changed to a Wheel Veh repairman still with the 171st. This time has a (S) (L). Looks like he left Ft Wainwright in Nov of 71 and went to Ft Benning, Ga. In Nov of 72 he went to Germany. He was discharged from the army Sept 76 out of Ft Hood, TX. I am getting this information off of the records that was sent to me a few years ago. His record of assignments only goes to July of 73. Somewhere amongst all of that time he went to vietnam, and it is not in his record. I don't doubt it at all that he was there, we have been married for 25 years so I do believe him. He never really talked about his service time over the years, just bits and pieces on occasions. I asked his mother today about his vietnam service since it's not on his records and she remembers two of her sons being in vietnam at the same time, because she says she called and asked how that could happen for both to be in combat at same time. With the cancer and medications his memory is not that great so I am trying to piece things together without all the pieces. He says he was over there doing silent radio listening and that he was only there for about 8 months. I do know of someone else that was in vietnam that it wasn't in his records, it took him 2 years to finally get the army to admit he was over there. What I can't figure out is what company, battalian or division he was in while at the HHC 171st Inf Bde. Could someone PLEASE tell me where I can look.
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